WCW: Jennifer Jackson Linck~Interview and Giveaway


On Wednesdays, social media explodes with hashtags and posts with #wcw or Woman Crush Wednesday. Today, mine is my cool friend, Jennifer Jackson Linck. You can follow her on her blog here: http://www.jenniferjacksonlinck.com/
I really have some cool friends. Not only in cyberspace but IRL. Jennifer Jackson Linck is one of those people who started off as a social media connection. Then we discovered we lived in the same town! As adoptive moms and advocates for social justice issues, I’m thrilled to interview her on the blog today about her writing, motherhood and waiting for God’s perfect timing. We are also pairing up to give away copies of her books.
Meet Jennifer.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jennifer. I love to share how God answered my heart’s cry to be a mother through adoption. I am determined to raise my voice until my son finds his; by educating others and raising awareness for Childhood Apraxia of Speech. I am a wife, mother, writer, lover of Jesus and Dr Pepper drinker.
 I squeeze writing in between therapy appointments and the mundane moments of life – you know, all those diapers and dishes? I love spending time with my family and can’t wait to mark off items from our Fall bucket list. I’m unashamed of my addiction to Dr Pepper and I love Red Velvet cupcakes. Did I mention I can’t wait for Fall? It’s my absolute favorite time of the year!
You and I met because we were both in the process of international adoptions, but God switched your plans. What happened? 
John and I were in the process of adopting from Ethiopia when God threw us a curve ball. Although we were on the wait list, Ethiopian adoptions had come to a complete stop. We had no idea how long we’d be waiting. At the time, I was working for our local homeless shelter. A coworker informed me of a young woman living at the shelter who was trying to find a family for her unborn child. At first I told my coworker she was crazy. I couldn’t wrap my mind around the possibility of John and I adopting the baby. There were so many factors working against us. But God had other plans. He quickly made it very clear to me that we were to pursue adopting the baby. Five months later, we welcomed our son Jackson into the world! You can read more about our adoption story in my book, “Bringing Home the Missing Linck: A Journey of Faith to Family.”
How long have you been blogging?
I started blogging in January of 2010 as a way to document our adoption journey and keep family and friends up-to-date on what was going on. Blogging sort of morphed into much more than an online adoption journal. I had been a writer for many years, working as a news reporter for our state newspaper. Blogging quickly became my way of encouraging others; it was a place to use the gifts God has given me for His glory. It’s always been my prayer that my words point others to Christ.
You have become a huge voice for childhood apraxia. For those of us who are unfamiliar, tell us what that is about? 
In January of this year, my son, Jackson, was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). CAS is a neurological speech disorder. The brain has a hard time telling the mouth, lips, jaw, and tongue what to do to produce speech. Jackson knows what he wants to say; but simply can’t. His mouth just hasn’t caught up to his brain. He has been in speech therapy since he was 18-months-old and we are finally seeing a huge language explosion. He is 3.5 and can finally say his name and all of his colors. We are hearing new words each and every day! Children with CAS must have intense speech therapy in order to overcome it.
Your newest book is a children’s book, tell us what led you to write it?
I have always wanted to write a children’s book, but it wasn’t until earlier this year that God made it very clear what I was to write about. As Jackson and I were driving home from a speech therapy appointment, I heard God whisper “write a book about a little boy on a journey to find his voice.”
I went home and quickly scribbled the opening lines of the book on a piece of paper. I put Jackson down for nap and wrote a draft of the entire book within a few hours.
I feel like God asked me to write this book so that Jackson has a way to share his story while he continues to work toward finding his voice. I also hope and pray it will be a tool that other children with CAS can use to share their stories, while raising awareness about the speech disorder.
The majority of people who learn that Jackson has CAS have never heard of the speech disorder. It’s my job as Jackson’s mother to educate others. I am his biggest advocate!
Do you wrestle with God being in control or do you freely hand Him the reigns?
I think it depends on the season and circumstance. Some days I do a great job of giving Him the reigns and other days I wrestle. Lately, I’ve wrestled with His plans for my children’s book. I had hoped to have one of the Apraxia organizations back the book and to help me get it in the hands of other CAS families. I was completely bummed when they said the book was “too Christian” for them to get behind.
I was like, “Really God? If they aren’t going to help me get the word out about this, how will other families know it’s available?”
God continually reminds me that my job is to write out of obedience and trust Him with the details. He will promote me (1 Peter 5:6-7) But some days that’s easier said than done. Especially when I want my words to matter and make a difference.
How have you seen God provide for your family in the last few years?
I watched Him provide every penny for our adoption. I have watched Him provide all the resources Jackson needs to kick Apraxia. He’s placed us with the most amazing speech therapist who happens to be an Apraxia expert. If it wasn’t for Ms. Sarah, Jackson would not be talking. I witness miracles daily; reminders of God’s faithfulness. Every word Jackson says is a miracle. I never thought I would hear him say mama and now I hear “Mom” a hundred times a day! And also “trash truck” – those are his two favorite words.
Is there a message or a word you would give to those who are waiting on hearing God’s voice in a difficult season?
Never lose hope. One of my favorite verses is Psalm 71:14: “As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more.”
Seasons of waiting are hard. I waited a long time to become a mother. I waited a long time to hear my son speak. But there would be so many miracles missed if we didn’t have to wait. The difficult seasons draw us closer to our Savior. The darkness makes us appreciate the light so much more.
You can pick up Bringing Home the Missing Linck here:
And you can grab a copy of her newest book, Jackson Finds His Voice, here:

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Okay, so here’s how you can win a copy of BOTH of these books! Follow along with our facebook page, tweet this giveaway or sign up with your email to our newsletter! You can enter until Friday, September 11 and we will draw two winners, one for each of the books!

 

Have a great, short work week ya’ll.

 

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Lindsey Andrews
About me

Attorney & Author. Always in search for daily joy.

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